So, this disease about parasitic blue fibers that inch their way out of itchy, scaly patches of skin is all in one’s head???
In 2008, federal health officials urged on by patients who insisted they itched and ached and emitted all kinds of colored fibers from their skin, shelled out 600 thousand dollars to study this freakish condition called Morgellons. And lo these years later, the White Coats have decided it’s all what most us thought (even us lay people) that it’s a mental thing, with non infectious cause…and that comes from Mark Eberhard, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who was part of the 15-member study team.
Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself. The study appears in PLoS One, one of the Public Library of Science journals.
Sufferers of Morgellons (mor-GELL-uns) describe a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, erupting sores, crawling sensations on their skin and — perhaps worst of all — mysterious red, blue or black fibers that sprout from their skin. Some say they’ve suffered for decades, but the syndrome wasn’t named until 2002, when “Morgellons” was chosen from a 1674 medical paper describing similar symptoms.
Afflicted patients have documented their suffering on forums and websites–websites that lacked an incredible amount of credibility. Morgellons could be found next to the latest Big Foot sightings and the latest on Bat Boy or the woman with the third breast that has a face. She named it, “Skeeter”.
Five years ago when I started this blog, I was more into satire. I was also much more Conservative politically. I still am, I’m just much less vocal about it.
Anyway, I’d read about Morgellons on one of those Art Bell-ish type blogs. Nestled among the stories about FEMA work camps in Georgia, I found a Morgellons story and while my heart goes out to anyone with a psychosis that manifests physically (by neurotically picking at the skin, etc.) I actually had to laugh at some of the people who were writing in to describe what they were feeling .
I decided to satirize it by writing a blog about Morgellons.
It started out sounding serious. I described symptoms; even included a photo of a woman who firmly believed that her were riddled with dermatitis brought on by Morgellons. I don’t remember the website, but it was one dedicated to Morgellon’s sufferers.
Then I went in-depth about the odd blue fibers that so many claim erupt from red, welts on their skin, oddly, strangely located ONLY on places on the body within reach.
I also commented how awful it would be t0 feel the tingle of insects crawling all over me….bugs, critters, parasites under my skin. The possibility would be terribly annoying, right?
And then I wrote, “but nothing gets under my skin quite like Democrats!!!!”
It was a joke. Satire.
Didn’t hear word one from the Democrats, but the Morgellons mob??????? They had and I would guess, still have an issue with anyone who dares to tell them that their eruptive sores are anything BUT physical. And because of this, that post got 117 comments, but I chose to allow just 64 to remain for public consume. Some of the comments came perilously close to threatening me. And they still send me hate mail and frankly, it’s gotten very old and tiresome. I would imagine they’re having a great deal of difficulty accepting the results of this definitive study.
I was convinced then, as I am now that Morgellons is not only a true psychosis, but a huge ‘fringe thing” and ‘fringe things” are required illnesses among “fringe people”, those who live in homes decorated with delusion. They HAVE to believe George Bush orchestrated 9/11 with 220 carefully placed bombs on each floor of both World Trade Center towers, that one of the dwarfs in the cast of the Munchkins fed up with this small stature killed himself on the set of “The Wizard of Oz”, right in the middle of filming. That Clinton (either Hillary or Bill, take your pick) had JFK Jr’s plane shot down due to political paranoia.
Fringe people are needy types. They simply cannot be satisfied with simple, everyday answers to out-of-the ordinary events. They need more. For fringers with Morgellon’s, I equate this with a woman who has Munchausen Syndrome. They LIKE the attention a little known issue gives them. From the letters and emails I’ve gotten, I dare say some enjoy their itchy sores. They feel special…ordained…annointed by some big petri dish in the sky. Morgellons makes them feel special; they need to feel special.
For fringers who don’t go the route of needing to have Morgellons or odd metal tracking bar implanted in their groins after a late night visit by The Reptilians”, they simply require a little excitement in their ho-hum, hum-drum lives. Their “itch” must be scratched with conspiracies. Take Princess Diana’s death. There are many people who refuse to believe that something as mundane as the driver of a speeding car lost control in a tunnel and careened said car head-on into a concrete support pillar. There are those that can’t handle that a sawed off runt with a Napoleonic complex named Lee Harvey Oswald quite possibly staged a one-man coup d’etat from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building 49-years ago.
To think anything else troubles our safe, comfy sense that the world is relatively stable, safe place . It’s in the process of searching for explanations that some cast their polls of imagination out into the sea of unknown with the hopes of reeling in an explanation that matches the magnitude of whatever event or reality with which they’re having issues . For example: cold air colliding with warm, unstable air on a balmy spring day last year didn’t cause those killer tornadoes that decimated Joplin and Tuscaloosa.
It was a weather machine.
Silly? Completely, but for some people who live on that cusp of created normalcy, it becomes a most comforting explanation; nothing else could come close to comfortably justifying how or why so many died.
Now, I don’t doubt for one minute that Black Ops exist and covert shit is being done all the time and I don’t doubt the American government stirs a large shit pot in shittiest of shit holes all over the world;for political gain…..
But…..I also understand fact vs. fiction. I also understand plausibility–that ten years ago, 19 “religious” fanatics fueled by skewed arrogance killed almost three thousand people in Manhattan, Washington and a rural field in Pennsylvania one morning vis-a-vie a plan that while horrific, was brilliant in its simplicity. They used our own naiveté and arrogance as a weapon against us.
In closing, take heart Morgellons patients: I will give you what you need to hear: you DO have something wrong with you–a 15 member panel of experts determined that you do, but it’s not physical. Do you understand??? IT’S NOT A PHYSICAL MALADY. But please seek help.
That said, the next blue fibers you should seek out should be those found in the weave of a psychiatrist’s couch.